Tasting Room

TASTINGS

Classic Tasting: Eight wines, $10 per person 

Reserve Tasting: All Wines, $13 per person         

(First come first served, available only at the tasting bar)     

Private Tasting: Reservation only. Entire selection offered, $25 per person

(Complimentary tasting glass included for all tastings, additional glasses $1.00 each))

*Reservations required for parties of 10 or more

*No shared tastings

Gift Cards are still available for purchase, please call the restaurant for further assistance

804-829-9463

 

HOURS

Wednesday - Monday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed Tuesdays

Subject to early closing for special events – see calendar for details.

Tasting room also available for private events.

We sampled (and salivated over) 12 wines, highlighted by an elegant 2017 viognier, a crisp 2017 sauvignon blanc that was not overpowered by citrus, a lush 2015 petit verdot, a full-bodied 2015 tannat that had tart red fruits, and a 2015 merlot-petit verdot-tannat blend called Zachariah, which had strong tannins and lingering layers of black cherry and plum flavors. . . . You can’t go wrong by doing the standard tasting of eight wines for $11, or the reserve tasting of all 12 wines for $16.
— Jack Berninger, Richmond-Times Dispatch
 

Wines

 

The greatest vineyards in the world share one common trait: vines in balance. Through a combination of science and art, wine makers rigorously analyze and control a region’s key inputs, including sunlight, water, canopy, nutrients and crop load. The balanced vine yields a balanced grape, and so it begins.

At Upper Shirley Vineyards, we think of a great wine grape as a balance between complex flavors, sugars, acids and more.

We believe we stand the best chance of finding that elusive balance with our intentional lack of mechanization and by nurturing each individual vine, one at a time, as often as six times a year, all 12,000 of them.

Established in 2013, Upper Shirley Vineyards has 19 acres under vine with plans to expand. We diligently selected varieties of European vitis vinifera grapes to match our terroir. 

 
 

 

GRAPE VARIETIES

 

Petit Verdot, a Bordeaux red grape valued for its spice and tannin in a blending role, has now become a successful single varietal here in Virginia.

Viognier, a Rhone Valley white grape, the official Virginia grape, has wonderful aromas of peach and pear.

Merlot, another of the five Bordeaux red grapes, ripens early and is softer in tannin than its blending partners.

Tannat, a lesser-known Basque red grape, is now making some of the most impressive wines in Virginia.

 

A RANGE OF HIGH QUALITY WINES TO SAVOR DURING EVERY OCCASION

 

For extra easy drinking, look to our #2 White, Rosé or #1 Red

Seeking a celebratory supplement? Our Sparkling Rosé and Blanc de Blanc have all the 'pop' you need

For more dressy or tasteful occasions, our Chardonnay and Viognier are ideal compliments

Our Sauvignon Blanc and Petit Verdot compliment all that is savory, from spicy braised eggplant to rockfish or a New York strip, and age wonderfully in the cellar

 

The Tannat and Zachariah are as good as they get, best for keeping cellared to parcel out during special occasions for years to come, though it can be difficult to make them last – these tasty two were winning awards as soon as they were bottled

WINE PURCHASES AVAILABLE ONLINE

Shipment limited to the state of Virginia only*

The range of wine is impressive — from a soft, dry rosé blended from nebbiolo and sangiovese grapes to a richly perfumed viognier and a full-bodied Bordeaux blend, among others — Upper Shirley’s bottles are smooth and food-friendly.
— Style Weekly
I can’t think of anything that has conjured the feeling of tasting my way through the hills and valleys of California’s wine country more than an afternoon wine tasting at Shirley.
— Richmond Times-Dispatch